IMCL2014 – Keynote Speakers
- Yacob Astatke, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
- Nikos Avouris, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
- Clemens Cap, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Ubiquitous Hands on Learning Using Mobile Laboratory Instrumentation
The use of technology in the classroom has greatly impacted engineering education during the last 20 years. The expansion of the internet and the use of computers, tablet pcs, smart boards, and other wired and wireless devices have proliferated throughout education. Today’s students expect their instructors to create an active and engaged learning environment by delivering course content using more than one method (i.e. classroom lecture) so that they can access it from anywhere at any time. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of Morgan State University, in collaboration with five other partner institutions has been testing a state of the art ECE laboratory equipment called the Mobile Studio I/O BoardTM and the newly released Analog DiscoveryTM boards to teach face-to-face (F2F) and online ECE courses for the past four years. This talk will present the results collected by faculty members at the five institutions. It will illustrate how the changes towards student-centered learning facilitated by portable instrumentation increased student interest in ECE, built student confidence in their ability to design circuits and systems, and supported the development of deeper understanding of the theories that the students investigate or apply in the hands-on activities.
Dr. Yacob Astatke completed both his Doctor of Engineering and B.S.E.E. degrees from Morgan State University (MSU) and his M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a full time faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at MSU since August 1994 and currently serves as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Astatke is the winner of the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “National Outstanding Teaching Award“. This award covers 340 engineering schools and close to 27,000 engineering faculty members (i.e. teachers) from all 50 states. Dr. Astatke is also the winner of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “Mid-Atlantic Region Distinguished Teacher Award.” The Mid-Atlantic division includes engineering schools from 6 states: Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Astatke teaches courses in both analog and digital electronic circuit design and instrumentation, with a focus on wireless communication. He has more than 15 years experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web-based course supplements for electrical engineering courses. He has published over 40 papers and presented his research work at regional, national and international conferences. He also runs several exciting summer camps geared towards middle school, high school, and community college students to expose and increase their interested in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Examples are the “Rube Goldberg Engineering Design” camp funded by Innovative STEM Solutions (ISTEMS) in collaboration with Arizona State and Purdue University, the “Balloon Satellite Payload Design” camp funded by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA in collaboration with University of Maryland at College Park, and the “Smart Lighting Engineering Research” camp funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Howard University and Boston University. He is also the founder (in 2000) and Director of the “Foundations of Mathematics” summer program, which is a 5 week online summer math course offered for FREE to all pre-freshman engineering students admitted to the university.
Dr. Astatke has been travelling to Ethiopia for the past 10 years to teach graduate courses, or provide training and guest lectures. For the past four years, he has donated laboratory equipment, and has been providing training related to the use of the Mobile Studio Technology and pedagogy in the ECE department of five universities in Ethiopia : Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), Hawassa University, Debre Berhan University, Bahir Dar University and Jimma University. He is currently working with the Global Engineering Dean’s Council (GEDC), and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) to expand his effort throughout Africa.
Find more information about Dr Yacob Astatke on his web site: http://dryacobastatke.com.
University of Patras, Patras, Greece
Designing Mobile Learning Activities in Museums and Sites of Culture
This talk discusses theoretical and empirical work relating with designing activities for informal learning in museums and sites of culture through mobile games. As new locative media become part of our everyday life, it is argued that new kinds of mobile games facilitated by technology may change the experience of visiting a site of culture and produce new kinds of learning. We present examples of mobile games played in museums and discuss various ways through which learning may take place during game play. A distinction is made between the information consumption metaphor and a more participative way of experiencing culture. We also discuss game design as an example of participatory activity and we identify its learning dimensions. In particular, we elaborate on the role of technology in providing a scaffold that can help museum audience to construct games which can function as “public artefacts” and can be added to the museum’s assets, enhancing audience engagement and community building.
Nikolaos Avouris is professor of Software Technology and Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Patras, Greece. His research interests include Interactive Systems Design and Human-machine interaction with emphasis in cultural and educational fields. He has special interest and experience in Distributed intelligent systems, collaborative systems, usability and accessibility of interactive systems, mobile systems, web applications and services. In recent years he coordinated research and design of mobile games like MuseumScrabble, Rebels vs. Spies and others.
University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Would Socrates have used the iPad in Class?
Or: How can we support the interactive learning process with current technologies?
The greek philosopher Socrates is well-known for his famous teaching method. With the help of dialogues, asking and answering questions, he guided his students and led them to a fresh understanding of the subject he wanted to teach. Since Socrates, numerous technologies have been adopted to support the teaching process; they have been evaluated and used, and many have been dropped again. However, there is good reason to believe that with current mobile communication devices we are about to reach an important turning point in learning technology.
The talk will provide three examples from the projects Tweedback, Mathepitorium and Multiscript to build on the socratic hypothesis that an optimal learning method requires the right hint by the right peers at the right moment. This combination of social, topical and contextual elements can be provided efficiently by recent technology if it is used by a skillful teacher in the right manner. The required system design, however, goes beyond traditional and blended e-learning approaches and needs a particular combination of flexibility and structure.
Clemens Cap has studied mathematics, computer science and physics in Innsbruck, Austria and has a PhD in applied mathematics. He spent ten years, first as postdoc then as assistant professor in computer science at the university of Zurich, Switzerland. He acted as associate professor at the university of Mannheim, Germany. Since 1997 he is full professor for information and communication services at the university of Rostock, Germany. His research interests focus on distributed and networked systems and applications. He is especially interested in security and privacy aspects and in the interaction of the end user with all forms of networked, interactive and collaborative content. He is a regular guest lecturer in Switzerland and in the Baltic states.